The Labour Party supports Atiku Abubakar’s merger proposal, considering it a good proposition to take power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2027.
However, the New Nigeria People’s Party ! NNPP) insists on the merger only if the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in February 25th election Atiku supports Rabiu Kwankwaso for the 2027 presidency.
Atiku made this call on Tuesday when he warns against a one-party state, emphasizing the need for opposition unity to safeguard democracy.
In the former Vice President’s words, “We have all seen how the APC is increasingly turning Nigeria into a dictatorship of one party. If we don’t come together to challenge what the ruling party is trying to create, our democracy will suffer for it, and the consequences of it will affect the generations yet unborn.”
The NNPP views Atiku’s call as emotional and seeks a merger focused on supporting Kwankwaso.
The party National Publicity Secretary, Yakubu Shendam said: “This is like medicine after death. If there is any future collaboration, it should not be as a result of emotions. We are going all along because we have a gladiator who has the capacity to take over Nigeria.
“We believe that there is a need to canvass for support from people to win the election, from all sides. However, we believe that single-handedly Kwankwaso can deliver Nigeria in 2027.
“But that doesn’t mean that we are not looking for players like Atiku to join our party. If there is going to be a merger, it should be with the NNPP, because Atiku is now retiring, so, he should support Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
“We don’t want to join forces with people who are under emotions but we are comfortable as a party having a person like Rabiu Kwankwaso, as our national leader. We are calling on Atiku as an elder brother to close ranks with Kwankwaso if he wants to be relevant in 2027.”
But the National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, described the call as a good preposition that should be considered.
Ifah told the Punch Newspaper, “Atiku’s call is a proposition, and every Nigeria will consider a good proposition that is meant to remove the Octopus in power because they are not democrats.
“Every Nigerian is interested in having a true democracy. What we have now is far away from democracy. So, if there is a preposition by opposition elements to ensure that democracy is installed, why not? That preposition must be given a good thought. Anything that will make Nigerians witness democracy is accepted.”
The ruling APC dismisses Atiku’s call, asserting its resilience against any perceived threat.
APC has been in power since 2015 after defeating former President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP-led government and has remained in power since.